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4 Easy Ways To Improve Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

For me it was learning where I connected to the presenter and the presentation immediately. And where the presenter helped me make connections to what I was learning and why it was important. The purpose is to bring all voices to the table to learn and grow together.

Flipping Out For Professional Learning

The Web20Classroom

During a professional development session a while back I thought I killed someone. But it was a wake up call to me and the way I approached delivering Professional Development. I'm going to bet we can all recall a meeting or boring PD we had to endure.

Valuing Professional Learning through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Districts across the nation are exploring a new approach to professional learning to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse classrooms and the educators who lead them. To learn more about Kettle Moraine’s micro-credential program, check out this blog post.

Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change

Catlin Tucker

To capitalize on this energy, most school districts organize mandatory professional development opportunities for teachers designed to teach them a new teaching strategy or introduce them to a new piece of technology. As the spark , I explain the WHY behind blended learning.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

Palm Trees and Professional Learning

Buncee

I was so excited about sharing my love for Buncee and to meet and learn from so many educators that inspire me daily. One tool that he shared that I can’t wait to learn more about is Empatico. Getting to speak with this group of educators was a dream!

A State-Wide Model for Online Professional Learning

edWeb.net

The GaDOE Social Studies Department and three of their virtual specialists presented an edWebinar on their three-year journey in creating and maintaining virtual learning communities for social studies for every grade level and course from K through 12. The impact on student learning.

Embedding Professional Learning

Reading By Example

Our journey to excellence in teaching begins with a commitment to professional learning. I am lucky enough to work in a school that believes in this so much that they allocate the money to have me on staff working with teachers in their classrooms every single day. This beautiful hidden gem of a school only has one teacher per grade level K-4 so I get to be in their classrooms, learning side by side with the teacher and the students in every grade level every single day.

[PL Summit Series] Activating Professional Learning through Personalization

Education Elements

Earlier this year, Digital Promise and the Center for Teaching Quality co-authored a paper on how micro-credentials help drive teacher learning and leadership. In it, we discuss the challenges teachers face in the classroom to ensure that all students’ learning needs are met. To do so, educators must engage in ongoing professional growth. However, evidence suggests that current professional development does not meet educators’ needs.

Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? FRS) , is helping thousands of schools create these types of learning experiences for kids.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Empowerment and ownership need and should be associated with learning to increase relevancy, value, meaning, and outcomes. For sustainable change and innovative practices to take hold let’s evaluate the level of educator agency in our schools.

Meet Six Educators We All Can Learn From

Digital Promise

When Digital Promise and EdSurge considered which educator award categories to include in the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Awards , we wanted to highlight five areas where exemplary teachers around the world are using innovative strategies to engage and empower students. One of two Sharing is Caring winners, Sarah Thomas , is a champion when it comes to helping educators create professional learning networks.

Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. Other times, I would stick some student work in my professional portfolio and move on to the next unit.

LEARN with Marginal Syllabus (January): Generative Principles for Professional Learning for Equity-Oriented Urban English Teachers

Educator Innovator

Our January reading for Literacy, Equity + Remarkable Notes = LEARN investigates the experiences of three early-career secondary English teachers in urban settings who sought professional development opportunities to support teaching for social justice. At the same time the teachers were putting this assessment to work in their classroom practices, they all took on roles and identities of knowledge producers. January Topic: Professional learning for equity-focused teaching.

Amazon Alexa in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Bill Selak @ billselak shares how he’s using Amazon’s Alexa via the Echo and Dot in the classroom. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, ISTE 2014 Kay L. Bill is currently obsessed with sharing his professional learning on Snapchat. Never stop learning. .

Spice It Up! 6 Tech Tools to Transform Your Staff Meeting

Fractus Learning

I am sure every educator looks forward to staff meetings, right? Many times, staff meetings become housekeeping lists, presentations on topics, and there is little interaction among teachers. The staff meeting focus is now one of instruction, professional learning and sharing.

This Is How It Feels To Meet Your Online Students In-Person

EdNews Daily

Have you ever wondered what it can feel like to meet some of your online students in-person? Educator Heather Pence, who teaches for 51Talk recently attended an event that brought her closer to the students who take classes with 51Talk. Want to learn more about teaching for 51Talk?

The Case for Coaching Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Initially, I resisted but then decided that this could be an excellent opportunity to connect with more kids and hopefully in the process pass along some of the life lessons that I learned from my former coaches. For years I was able to teach both in the classroom and on the field.

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

I guess I might as well start this series with my soapbox message- the importance that educators continue to be learners and what that looks like in the digital age. Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks.

Redesigning Professional Learning with Video: Igniting District-Wide Leadership and Learning

eSchool News

We also know, from experience, that providing on-going, personalized and relevant professional learning to all teachers within a district is a seemingly insurmountable task. What a district-wide video-based professional learning program looks like at all levels.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. It’s only free if you have a G Suite for Education account. Designed by Freepik.

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Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

Always missing a tripod? This piece of paper can be your secret weapon for classroom video

Edthena

Before teachers log in to leave comments on their Edthena videos, they must first capture classroom video using any available device in their classroom. No matter what device a teacher is using to record classroom video, it needs to be firmly planted on a surface to capture video.

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Could This Be One of the BEST Edu Conferences of 2015? #WGEDD

Kleinspiration

What Great Educators Do Differently - click here to connect to the conference homepage - I've always been "addicted to" professional learning. Since my first year of teaching, I've grown to understand the importance of high-quality professional learning.

Fueling the Educator Micro-credentials Ecosystem through Powerful Partnerships: Stories of Impact from the Field

Digital Promise

Collaboration and community are critical foundations of powerful learning environments. The educator micro-credentials ecosystem connects leading professional learning content experts, convenes thought leaders, and works with a wide range of stakeholders toward a shared vision and goals.

Discovery Educator Network Invites Educators Around the Globe to Attend the 2018 Fall VirtCon

techlearning

-Virtual event provides teachers and administrators new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments- Silver Spring, Md. The DEN is supported by Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms.

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Learn from 11 Innovative Educators in The #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast Episode 2

techlearning

Learn about the innovative practices going on with some of New York City’s most passionate educators and supporters. Nancy Ribak Altadonna (Intro) Social Studies Special Educator at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Nancy is the host of the #NYCSchoolsTech podcast.

Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

He also shares how flexible seating should go with more student voice and choice in their learning. Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Steating in the Classroom with Bill Selak. So that was just amazing to learn.

Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

Digital Promise

Educators are fundamentally learners, as well as masters of assessing and adjusting learning opportunities. Unfortunately, most learning opportunities offered are static, prescriptive, or limited (and limiting)—not contextualized, personalized, or responsive.

Use these Powerful Video Focusing Techniques to Accelerate Teacher Learning, Encourage Deep Reflection, and Facilitate Rich Discussions

Edthena

The tools educators can use to guide viewing of instructional practice videos are called Focusing Techniques, and they are synthesized from research on teacher learning, self-reflection, and accelerated improvement. Interpret: The Key to Accelerated Teacher Learning.

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New Micro-credentials Provide Path to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification

Digital Promise

PBS and KQED offer a set of free media literacy micro-credentials that validate media literacy skills and classroom implementation practices. These competency-based micro-credentials provide the pathway to earning certification as a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator.

Micro-credentials: A Promising Way to Put Educators’ Skills Front and Center

Digital Promise

Brent Maddin is the Provost at the Relay Graduate School of Education, Director of TeacherSquared, and a member of the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board. Or consider an academic dean observing two teachers at his school with markedly different performance, and consequently very different professional development needs. How can this dean more effectively personalize professional development to meet each teacher where they are and help them get to where they need to be?

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Tholfsen said that “across the board, reading unlocks everything else in education.

My Educator Journey with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

In many districts, teachers are provided the same professional development regardless of their subject area, grade level, or personal goals. The irony of this is that many of us educators have been successfully navigating the waters of personalized learning for our students, but haven’t been given the opportunity to transition that same approach to our own professional learning. And what I’ve found is that they love having a role in my learning.

Transforming Educator Practice through Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

In the ever-evolving classroom environment, we as educators must constantly refine and adapt our practice to meet the needs of every student. Micro-credentials are another way to support this quest for ongoing professional learning and gain recognition for the time and commitment it takes to do so. This fall, I participated in professional development (PD) provided by Hope Street Group and Learning Forward on “Standards for PD.”The

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

#07: Getting Started Using Twitter for Educational Excellence

The CoolCatTeacher

Billy Krakower (@ wkrakower ), co-author of 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, is a co-moderator of a weekly Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders called #Satchat. Get a 45-day free trial of SmartLab Game-Based Learning Software.

Oprah-fy Your PD

CUE

Hordes of teachers jumping around, crying tears of joy as you hand them little boxes with the keys to their professional development…You could even summon your own inner Oprah and run around the staff room shouting…. So, we went from a weekly staff meeting to a monthly whole-staff meeting.

8 Education Books For The Digital Age: The Connected Educator Series #CorwinCE

The Web20Classroom

My book, The Relevant Educator ships today. Below is a post (thanks to the most awesome Mark Barnes) about the entire Connected Educator Series from Corwin. Enter Corwin Press and the Connected Educators Series. The Edcamp model connects educators to PD like never before.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

Digital Promise

News articles often highlight the challenges educators face and the ways in which students are not achieving. Educators across the country are addressing challenges and building solutions that work for their communities with big results. Learn more: ISTE Feature.